William was born Feb. 22, 1977; it seems like yesterday.
He gave his life on May 22, 2015, fighting a forest fire near Cold Lake in northern Alberta.
He followed his dream and found it.
You can read more about him under the tab above.
Those are beautiful tributes to William. One consolation you have is that he achieved his dream and died doing what he loved.
Thank you for letting me share in your memories as well as your grief over William.
I thought of your son when we saw the water bombers over the cottage during forest fire season.
A son to be proud of.
I remember and share your grief...Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of EarthAnd danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings
A special son and one to be proud of.
Oh my, I'm so sorry for your loss. Even though it is a few years ago, I'm sure the pain is still there especially on this his birthday.I have friends who have flown water bombers and bird dogs, in fact I would not be surprised that at least one or two would have known your son. The aviation world is truly a small one. When I lived in Northern Saskatchewan, it wasn't unusual to see the water bombers landing on the lake to pick up a load of water to transport. I was always so impressed with the precision it required to bring those large planes down. Take care, stay well.
Thank you for sharing with us, FG. You must be proud of him and miss him dearly. Take care.
February 22nd was, has been, and always will be a special day in your hearts.
He will always have that special place in your Hearts.
I passed by the national memorial some days ago, and as always I stop to find his name there.
I read the first link. What a man! This must be such a hard day for you.(I think I know the memorial by Breton Flats that William Kendall (above) refers to. If I ever get that way again, I will have a look.)
I feel my heart rate increase each time I read about William. He was so young, I can't imagine. I sent last year's memorial blog to my brother in Cold Lake and it got to his heart too. Just the number 22 has mixed blessings, doesn't it. 💗
Such a special son, he will always be in your hearts.All the best Jan